I had the great pleasure of being invited to the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington on January 8th to speak about libraries. I had such a wonderful time and absolutely loved the club. I am many years away from retirement, but I want to join the club as soon as I do retire! Here is a description of the presentation and the slides:
With the rise of the internet, the recent popularity of e-books and the prevalence of smartphones in today’s society, are the days of the public library numbered? Absolutely not, according to Ryan Livergood, Director of Libraries for the Town of Arlington and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Library Association. Libraries are busier than ever, and Ryan believes the public library has never been more vital to the community it serves. Ryan will tell the story of how today’s 21st century library is different from the library of the 20th century, and the stories of individuals that are using today’s libraries to improve their lives. He will also discuss how the story of today’s library parallels the story of the rapidly changing world we live in today…how not just libraries, but all organizations, will have to adapt to meet the changing habits and needs of the individuals we serve.